A robust mental health strategy is built on a proactive, comprehensive and integrated approach, to ensure holistic mental wellbeing, that provides need based solutions which are accessible to employees at the right time and right set up.
Workplace Health Consulting Leader, MMB India
Moving beyond Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
The pandemic has highlighted the need for better access to mental healthcare, as more people suffer from stress, loneliness and depression. At the same time, complex mental health issues like addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder are on the rise.
Employers that had previously taken a passive approach to supporting employee health and wellbeing are now trying to proactively create workplace benefit programs that support mental health.
While an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has traditionally been the cornerstone of an employer’s mental health strategy, new solutions are allowing organizations to focus on prevention, resilience and internal policies.
For instance, digital platforms for scientifically validated therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can make it easier to offer solutions to all employees, improving access to care options outside of traditional face-to-face counselling.
When building a comprehensive strategy to support mental health concerns, there are three key items to keep in mind:
A strong mental health strategy allows an employer to set a framework, identify gaps, address employee preferences and cover needs across the entire spectrum of mental health conditions.